Amber Heard's Former Best Friend Testifies She Had 'To Cover Bruises On Her Face Often'
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WARNING: This article contains stories of domestic assault.
Amber Heard’s former best friend, Raquel Pennington, has testified to seeing the Aquaman actor’s injuries and denied that any bruises had been drawn on.
Pennington gave her testimony via a pre-taped deposition and was questioned about an incident in December 2015 in which Johnny Depp allegedly violently attacked Heard.
Heard claims the Pirates of the Caribbean actor headbutted and repeatedly punched her in the head, while also pulling out chunks of hair as he dragged her.
Pennington testified that she had seen the aftermath of the assault.
#AmberHeard's friend got emotional during a video deposition while explaining Heard's facial injuries. "It's a photo of Amber's face with two black eyes, and swollen bottom lip, swollen nose," Raquel Pennington said. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/rwHhxcenLH— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) May 18, 2022
She said: “It wasn't dripping down her head but it was raw and red.”
When asked how she could tell Heard’s hair had been ripped out, Pennington replied: “There was a bloody patch with hair missing.”
Pennington claims to have seen ‘many’ injuries to Heard’s nose and a cut on her bottom lip and also rejected the notion that Heard’s makeup artists could have drawn the injuries on.
She says that instead there were times when she had to have the injuries covered up, such as before Heard was due to go on James Corden's TV show.
She said: “I saw injuries on her body from the time directly after they happened, the next day and as they continued to heal.”
Heard's lawyer Benjamin Rotternborn asked: “Have you ever known Miss Heard to paint on bruises or use makeup to make it seem like she had a bruise when she didn't?”
Pennington said: “No, the opposite. She often had to cover bruises and injuries on her face with makeup.”
At one point during the testimony, Pennington became visibly upset as she described Heard’s injuries, with Heard also beginning to cry in court.
Photos of clumps of hair around Depp and Heard’s apartment were shown to the court with Pennington confirming they were Heard’s.
Pennington recounted an incident in which she defended Heard from Depp when she went over to the apartment.
Pennington said: “I went up to him. I put my hands up on his chest and said 'stop, just stop'.
“He hit my hands away and so I went straight over to Amber. She sat down on the couch. I just put my body over her.
“He came closer to us and was yelling at her to get up, quit crying or get up. It was really loud and he was getting closer and closer.”
Pennington recalls Depp having to be pulled away by his security as he walked off smashing furniture and items around the apartment.
The trial was set to end on May 19, however, has been extended to May 27 as there is still a significant amount of evidence to be presented.